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[Susan notes: Claudio Sanchez bills himself as "former elementary and middle school teacher." Indeed. For how many minutes?

Sanchez calls Democrats for Education Reform a "liberal lobbying group," leaving it to listener to figure out what they're lobbying for. Ken Libby had better description of these hedge fund managers--"corporate hucksters." I think of Jim Harrison's words in The English Major: "They were that new kind of Democrat who didn’t seem to know any working people. They were limited to their own breed"]

Submitted to NPR: All Things Considered but not published

To the Editor:

I am skeptical of two claims made by Claudio Sanchez in his story about teachers feeling beat down as the school year starts.

First, he refers to Democrats for Education Reform as a "liberal lobbying group." Democrats for Education Reform supports public charter schools, the closure of failing schools, provisions that allow funding to follow students-- usually taken to mean support for vouchers -- and national standards. These are not liberal education priorities.

Second, Sanchez states that the Save Our Schools march in Washington D.C. had 2000 to 3000 participants. The estimates for participation have been either 5000 or 8000, with one exception, which estimates 3000 participants. I can find no published estimate of 2000, and given the higher estimates made by most sources, Sanchez likely underestimated participation considerably. Inaccurate reports such as this one only add to the demoralization of those in the education profession.

Cathy Toll

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